PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM

READERS WRITE: JUNE 17

Primary showed flaws in new voting machines

I don’t hate to say, “I told you so,” but I do, sadly. I, and many others, told legislators and the SAFE Commission the voting system they chose was a bad choice – nearly as hackable as the old machines – and that cybersecurity experts said the most secure (and easiest to administer) voting system would be hand-marked paper ballots. A paper ballot system would have cost one-third what Kemp and friends spent to inflict these difficult-to-use, difficult-to-manage machines on us and ruin the Nov. 9 election. But no one would listen, not even to the lone cybersecurity expert of 18 members on the SAFE Commission. Next, they chose a vendor who had never done an implementation this big. That should have raised warning signs to over-prepare for this election, with a fallback plan in place to provide plenty of good ole’ paper ballots at each precinct. But nobody listened to us. We should impeach Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

BETSY SHACKELFORD, DECATUR

Ga. needs better alternative to rideshare tax

Across Georgia, countless senior citizens are housebound because they’re unable to drive and lack access to transportation.

At Common Courtesy, we have a dedicated team that helps remove transportation barriers for older adults by managing transportation logistics for them with rideshare companies. This allows them to visit the doctor, run errands and enjoy life outside the home. Recently, the Georgia Legislature agreed to apply a tax on rideshare that will be among the highest tax of its kind in the U.S.

For seniors, most of whom are on tight budgets where every dollar counts, this tax means they may have to decrease the number of monthly rides they take, limiting their ability to remain active members of society.

On behalf of the Georgians we help, and the countless others who rely on affordable rideshare, we urge the General Assembly to find a better alternative to this tax.

BOB CARR, FOUNDER, COMMON COURTESY

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